|Avian Influenza on an Egg Farm
The NSW Department of Primary Industries announced on 15 November 2012 the finding of avian influenza in an egg production flock in the lower Hunter Valley. (Link to the NSW DPI website)
The particular disease strain poses no public health risk to humans. Furthermore, no meat chicken farms have been infected.
The NSW Food Authority confirmed that there are no food safety issues and that poultry and eggs remained safe to eat. Read more about food safety on the NSW Food Authority Website.
To control the outbreak, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and with the involvement of the Australian Egg Corporation Limited and the egg farmer concerned, culled the chickens on the infected egg farm safely and humanely. The farm was immediately placed under quarantine and is being cleaned and disinfected thoroughly before being allowed to be restocked.
The disease was eliminated within seven days from the original infected farm and the absence of the virus from all surrounding farms and backyard flocks demonstrated that the outbreak had been identified and action taken before the disease could spread.
For the relevant web page of the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, click here.